Tuesday's Pa. roundup: Neumann-Goretti, Cardinal O'Hara girls reach Catholic League final

Mackenzie Gardler (center) of Cardinal O'hara comes up with a steal against China Nixon (left) of Neumann-Goretti during the 2nd quarter on Jan 11, 2017. CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer

Tatiana Jones made a three-pointer with five seconds remaining to give Neumann-Goretti a 48-47 victory over Archbishop Carroll in Tuesday’s Catholic League semifinals. The Saints will take on Cardinal O’Hara in Monday’s championship game at the Palestra. The Lions secured their spot in the title game with a 39-35 triumph over Archbishop Wood.


Katharine Mullaney’s layup in the final seconds of overtime gave Penncrest a 29-27 win over Bishop Shanahan in the first round of the District 1 Class 5A playoffs. Grace Harding tied things up at the end of regulation for the Lions, who will play at Villa Maria on Friday. The Hurricanes handled Phoenixville, 44-19, behind Paige Lauder’s 13 points.


Elsewhere in Class 5A play, Abbey Shea recorded 13 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 1 seed West Chester Henderson past Upper Moreland, 52-29. The Warriors will face Radnor on Friday after the Raiders held off Pope John Paul II, 62-45.


Grace Niekelski poured in 30 points as Mount St. Joseph moved on in the Class 5A tournament with a 66-41 triumph over Marple Newtown. The Magic will next play Springfield (Delco), 59-37 winners over Penn Wood.

Boys’ Basketball

Mamadou Toure’s last-second shot gave Upper Darby a 46-44 victory over Downingtown West in the second round of the District 1 Class 6A playoffs. The Royals will face No. 1 seed Plymouth Whitemarsh in Friday’s quarterfinals. The Colonials cruised past Bensalem, 71-40.


Jahmir Brickus scored 15 points and Coatesville advanced in the Class 6A tournament with a 63-44 decision over Downingtown East. Next up for Coatesville is Central Bucks West, 64-55 winners over Central Bucks East.


Eric Dixon notched 19 points and Abington advanced in the Class 6A tournament with a 71-41 victory over Neshaminy. The Ghosts will play Norristown in the quarterfinals.


Tyler Norwood had 20 points as top seed Penncrest beat Upper Moreland, 53-27, in the first round of the District 1 Class 5A playoffs.


In other Class 5A action, Jake Nelson netted 16 points as West Chester Rustin took down Upper Perkiomen, 63-44.

Girls’ Lacrosse

Cardinal O’Hara announced Jenny Duckenfield as its new head girls’ lacrosse coach on Tuesday. Duckenfield compiled a 98-23 record (.810 winning percentage) in five seasons at Agnes Irwin. She guided the Owls to three Inter-Ac League championships and two Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association titles.

“It’s an honor to join a community like Cardinal O’Hara,” Duckenfield said. “I’m looking forward to helping these student-athletes achieve their potential.”

Duckenfield was named the Pennsylvania Area School girls Lacrosse Association coach of the year in 2015.

“Jenny has gained incredible experience over her career that will help us have a highly successful girls’ lacrosse program in the Philadelphia Catholic League,” O’Hara athletic director B.J. Hogan said.